Fabulous events raise crucial funds for marine science education and provide exciting opportunities for participants. Below are two keystone events for the year, though there are others throughout the year. Event sponsorships are available for most events.
The Global Oceans Awards Gala
This is an elegant event during which an award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual who is making a difference for our oceans –– while award-winning cuisine is paired with fine wines and exceptional friends. It originated in 2004 with an honorary award to former UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.
Former Global Oceans Award recipients include:
2005 – Frans Lanting
2006 – Bruce McPherson
2007 – Leon Panetta
2008 – Marcia McNutt
2009 – Brent Constantz
2010 – Kathryn Sullivan
2011 – Julie Packard
2012 – Stephen Palumbi
2013 – Richard Harris
This semi-formal dinner is typically held in late winter or early spring. It is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.
Whale of an Auction
The annual Whale of an Auction is typically held on the beautiful University of California, Santa Cruz campus. This lavish affair features both silent and high-energy live auctions. A delicious feast adds to the fun–– typically with an oyster bar, a festive dinner, fine wines, and champagne. It’s always a green event with seafood chosen in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines.
This charity auction is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to bid on fabulous items—one-of-a-kind field trips with renowned scientists, explorers, and adventurers, vacations in exotic places, extraordinary art glass, exclusive dinners, fine wines, and gift baskets filled with goodies.
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